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Student Voices

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February 14, 2011

Hi! My name is Madi and I'm from Seattle, Washington. I'm a first year cognitive science major with a minor in linguistics. Right now I'm taking Introduction to Media Studies, Japanese 302, Los Angeles Politics, and my CSP is Narratives in Education. I chose Oxy because I wanted a small college in a big city - I love L.A.! I don't work on campus, but I'm a full-time waitress during my winter and summer vacations. I pledged Alpha Lambda Phi Alpha during Spring Recruitment 2011!

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February 14, 2011

Hi! My name is Frances Power. I'm a junior East Asian studies major with a focus on Chinese politics and international relations here at Occidental College. I currently live off-campus, but I'm still close enough to walk to school. I'm originally from Pasadena, about ten to fifteen minutes away from Oxy by car, so I'm definitely one of those local kids! Last semester I studied abroad in Beijing, China through Oxy's study abroad program and had an amazing time. As of right now I've been taking Chinese for two and a half years. This semester I'm taking four classes: Modern Japan, Chinese Newspapers and Media, Ecology, and  seminar on the rise of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and Turkey.

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February 12, 2011

Hey! I’m Abby Chin-Martin.  I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington.  In an attempt to escape the rain, I chose to come to Occidental in sunny Los Angeles.  I’m currently a first year interested in psychology and sociology, but have yet to declare my major.  I’m using this year to explore other interests and figure out what I may want to focus on in years to come.  Right now, I’m enjoying being a new student and meeting lots of people.  Occidental is a great place to be able to have this type of fulfilling experience because so many opportunities are available on and off campus.  I’m also in the process of creating a radio show on KOXY with two of my best friends.

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February 12, 2011

Hi everyone! My name is Hue (pronounced “hu-ay”), and I am a first-year student. I am currently still undecided about my major but I’m leaning towards Economics or Asian Studies. I came from Vietnam, and I am half Vietnamese and half Taiwanese. My time in America has provided me with the opportunity to experience a different culture and broadened my view of the world. Travelling is my hobby, and music and art are my passions. I love to play the piano and violin, sing, compose, draw, sketch, and design posters on computer. My parents and I would travel to a different country every summer vacation, from the Great Wall of China to the Eiffel Tower in France. When it comes to deciding where I wanted to go for college, Oxy is among some of my top choices. Despite the liveliness of Los Angeles City (where the College is situated), Oxy offers a close-knit community and tranquil environment. At Occidental, I am able to pursue my musical...

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February 11, 2011

Hey everyone! My name is Katherine Carey, and I'm a sophomore from Sacramento, CA.  I'm a diplomacy and world affairs major and an art history minor.  While my academics have always been really important to me, extracurriculars are a great way to get involved and meet new people at Oxy, so I participate in many outside-the-classroom activities.  I'm a member of Delta Omicron Tau sorority, and served as the head of Women's Recruitment on Greek Council.  I'm one of ten Honor Board Jurors, who are elected by the student body to sit on academic and conduct cases and represent the student voice.  I also was an Orientation Team (O-Team) leader in 2010.  (Orientation is a wonderful program that all incoming freshmen participate in.  First-years move in the week before school starts, are separated into groups of about 13 students, and are then led through the week's activities by their O-Team leader...

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February 11, 2011

Hello blog readers! My name is Marilyn Bran, and I am currently a sophomore at Oxy. I am a psychology major and I am still deciding if I should minor in art or sociology. So a little bit more about myself, I love music, movies, and tv. My type of music ranges from pop to rap and as for movies I enjoy comedies. I am also a family person so I enjoy spending time with my family when I have the opportunity. As to my participation at Oxy I am part of the Admission Team where I will meet a lot of prospective students, as well as involved in the local sorority Delta Omicron Tau. I also work for NPP (Neighborhood Partnership Program) where we tutor students from local high schools. The main reason why I chose Occidental College was because of its location in Los Angeles. I am from Compton which is not far from Oxy so on occasions I get to return home to spend time with my family (Side note: Compton is known for its bad reputation, but please don’t be...

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February 11, 2011

my name is aja. i love music, water, harry potter, the idea of a representative government, and running. i am a sophomore, first generation student-athlete from the los angeles area. I am an economics major, religious studies minor, but my main focus is on battling systems of oppression- i know, it's tough. i am a juror in oxy's judicial system, honor board, president and co-founder of the muslim students association, and an advocate in GRAP that works with public counsel in LA.  i also have two jobs on campus.  haha, i'm taking advantage of everything i can, clearly. at occidental, i have new knowledge, friends, mentors, and family.  it has been my home and i love it.  i'm incredibly lucky to be here. thanks for reading! swish and flick

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February 9, 2011

Well hello there! My name is Lisa Gilliland, I am currently an undeclared freshman who plays on the varsity softball team here at Oxy. I am from Berkeley, CA and I love to sing, play piano, and listen to music. I am leaning towards majoring in psychology and potentially minoring in education and/or economics (random, I know). I love to play and watch all sports, my favorite team being the San Francisco Giants. I also love to take pictures, watch TV, and drink coffee =).
Oh, and I put smiley faces on almost everything I write so make sure to look for them in my following posts!!!
Thanks for reading!

February 9, 2011

Hi =] My name is Marisha Thakker and I'm (potentially) an urban and environmental policy major in the class of 2014. I'm from India, and despite being 8000 miles from home, Oxy makes me feel welcome. I'm creative and love dancing, music and literature. I've only been here a few months and am already involved in a large amount of environmental initiatives on campus. Oxy was love at first sight for me. (Yes, I'm a romantic, too.)  I miss home, but only because I can't find good Indian food around here- I'm thinking of starting an Indian cookout club soon, so that'll be covered. I hope my entries give you an international perspective on campus life [if not, I promise an interesting read =p) I adore cooking, so watch out for Indian recipes on my posts! Thanks for reading! =] Marisha

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